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Old 03-24-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
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Custom-made electric guitars

I'm interested in ordering a custom-made guitar so that I can get one that's exactly what I want. Recently, I came across Warmoth, which lets you specify options for a custom guitar, but the final page in their customization process says "Hardware and pickguard DO NOT come assembled with body." This makes me wonder if Warmoth guitars are not fully assembled. Does anyone have any experience with Warmoth or know of any places that will build a custom guitar for you at a reasonable price? Does Warmoth fully assemble customized guitars, or do they only send you the pieces for you to assemble the yourself?

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Old 03-24-2013, 05:45 PM   #2
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Warmoth is a parts suplier. You will get a "kit" to put togeather or have a good luthier/tech do it for you.

I don't know if they will glue the neck in if you get a set neck or have you do it
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:57 PM   #3
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I don't even think Warmoth does set necks, do they?

As Rob said, it's a kit. Your best bet is to take it to a luthier for a setup. I wouldn't pay a luthier to put it together, unless you feel like you aren't competent enough to do that part.
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:18 PM   #4
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I don't even think Warmoth does set necks, do they?

As Rob said, it's a kit. Your best bet is to take it to a luthier for a setup. I wouldn't pay a luthier to put it together, unless you feel like you aren't competent enough to do that part.


I really don't know, but I would imagine they make set neck models
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:24 PM   #5
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Carvin is a good choice but they only offer semi-customization. I believe they charge just as much for a 100% custom order as many luthiers.
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:51 PM   #6
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I really don't know, but I would imagine they make set neck models


They don't.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:31 PM   #7
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as far as custom guitars you can get on "guitarsbyleo" .com wich is G&L (L is for leo fender)web site and check out the "on-line builder" , you can get a custom shop guitar for about what a Fender American Satndard cost's new and pick out the things you want ..... I just orderd one a few weeks ago it was a nice real easy expeirence from my local G&L dealer , all ready planning a second after my new one comes in : )
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If you live in the USA, "customizable" guitars from Carvin and luthiers typically start around $900-1500, with full customs starting around $2000-2500. I believe that holds roughly true for the EU as well. If you're in the UK, turn those "$" signs into "£" signs.

The difference? A customizable guitar is one that is that company's standard designs but with a large- sometimes bewilderingly huge- number of options.

A custom guitar is exactly that: you tell them exactly what you want, down to shape, materials, and everything else, and that is what they're supposed to deliver.

There is a bit of blurriness between the categories, of course. I am having 2 cutom guitars done by Rock Beach guitars. However, I am basing my orders off of 2 designs that RB does on a regular basis, but with personal modifications that are not usually available. This means the shop won't have to alter many of the machine settings, so I'm getting full customs at "customizable" prices.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:43 PM   #9
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^^^^ very good explanation Danny ^^^^^
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They don't.

Yeah I checked and only bolt ons
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:06 PM   #11
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I recently bought a "Guitar of the Month" from Moniker Guitars but I know they have a killer custom guitar builder on their website. I haven't seen any of the other guitars they've made in person but mine plays great for the price tag (around $950 including Seymour Duncans).
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If you live in the USA, "customizable" guitars from Carvin and luthiers typically start around $900-1500, with full customs starting around $2000-2500. I believe that holds roughly true for the EU as well. If you're in the UK, turn those "$" signs into "£" signs.
I got into this with one of the UK's experts one night. He said, that Carvins are almost double the price in Great Britain compared to the US.

I said Carvin's business model worked fine for me. He was not of that opinion.

Carvin does sell neck through body type set necks, prebuilt. Which obviously need body wings attached.

They offer a choice of fingerboard, neck, and fret materials, and also LH at NEC, in necks custom made to order.

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